Reluctantly, in the cause of Truth, Justice and The American Way, I must defend Rep. Rodrigues – on just one point.
Porcupine has repeatedly heard the Rep.’s vehicle referred to as a ‘state car’. This is not correct. When a person is elected to the Legislature, they become ELIGIBLE for a House/Senate plate, the same way that qualifying service in the Armed Services qualifies you for a Veteran plate.
Not all Reps have them, as they are a form of vanity…whoops!..AFFINITY plate, and the annual surcharge must be paid like a Cape & Island plate or a Red Sox plate. They are not necessarily tied to the seat occupied, as legislators can choose to retain the plate when they retire – Porcupine remembers a friend on Cape who had Senate Plate 200. These plates go onto personal vehicles.
So Rep. Rodrigues was not in a ‘state car’ but his own.